Grassley Explains SCOTUS Refusal: ‘I’m Here To Do My Job’

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2009, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, listens to FBI Director Robert Mueller testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. Every year, the U.S. spends mi... FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2009, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, listens to FBI Director Robert Mueller testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. Every year, the U.S. spends millions of dollars to send government workers to Harvard for a month, an expensive training arrangement that some in Congress are questioning. The practice came to light this spring when Grassley asked Harvard about its Senior Executive Fellows program and to explain why it costs so much. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) MORE LESS
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told Iowa reporters Wednesday that he was just doing his job by refusing to advance President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

“Do you think I spend my days wondering about how Chuck Grassley will go down in history? I don’t care if I ever go down in history,” Grassley said, as quoted by The Hill. “I’m here to do my job.”

As of late Tuesday, Grassley had yet to respond to a request for a “consultive” meeting on the high court vacancy from President Barack Obama. Grassley is one of many GOPers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who have said they will refuse to meet with Obama’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier this month at age 79.

“I’ve been a leader on the Judiciary Committee for the last five years, first as ranking member and now as chairman,” Grassley was quoted as saying. “I think Congress has passed more than 320 judges and only disapproved two. So, if I wanted to obstruct, I could obstruct. But I think this proves we haven’t been doing that.”

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  1. Well guess what asshole, I will not get off your lawn.

  2. “I’m here to do my job.”

    Fooled me.

  3. “I’m here to do my job.”

    A thing which apparently entails refusing to do his job. Because that’s the job the people of his state sent him to Washington to not do.

  4. ““I’m here to do my job.””

    Constitution says your job is to hold hearings and a vote. You simply happen to define your job differently.

    Please join Scalia soon.

  5. Grassley: “History would be nicer to me if I wasn’t in this Judiciary Committee chair!”

    History:

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